Palin’s Pipeline Pipedream

“I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history and when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.”

-Sarah Palin in an address to Republican delegates, Sept. 3, 2008

Anyone listening to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at the recent U.S. Republican convention would believe that TransCanada workers are poised, shovels at the ready, to start construction of a 2,760-kilometre pipeline bringing natural gas from Alaska through Canada to the lower 48 states. They would be wrong.

The companies who have won the licence from Alaska to build the pipeline, TransCanada Alaska and Foothills Pipe Lines (both wholly owned subsidiaries of TransCanada Corp.), must still cross numerous hurdles before actual construction can even be contemplated.

U.S. analysis of the deal, including articles in the Washington Post and New York Times , tends to focus on potential American obstacles, ignoring the fact that 1,550 kilometres of the pipeline would run through Canada. The assumption is that if U.S. conditions are met, Canada will fall in line.

It’s true that the project would fail if the major oil companies went ahead with a rival pipeline, or if the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not issue the necessary certificate. However, it is equally true that unless Canadian conditions are also met, Alaskan natural gas will remain stranded in Alaska. Sarah Palin’s pipeline.

I guess when you don’t have real, completed projects, claiming projects that exist on paper as evidence of “vast energy experience” is the way to go I guess.

Note: The woman pointing out that Palin is putting lipstick on a pig here is a woman.  The victim squad might have to even address this falsehood.  Yea, yea, I know…any criticism of any claim that Palin makes is inherently sexist, but it’s evident here she completely mischaracterized and over-inflated her “accomplishment”.